All of our daily hikes began with walks up slot canyons that pierced the steep inner walls of the canyon. With some we managed to climb steeply up rugged, broken slopes to the shale benches on top of the immediate walls. On top of these benches, there were extensive desert environments that appeared scrubby but were actually full of a diversity of life. Above the desert benches, were buttes, fins and temples of stone and above all were the high south and north canyon rims. On several hikes, the geology and landscapes were tortured, twisted, and tilted with the ancient rocks of the Grand Canyon group of formations. We hiked to the top of the Tabernacle, to Lava Chuar Canyon, to Surprise Valley, and to the saddles between Monument Creek and Hermit Creek. Back down in the side canyons there were exotic streams and dramatic waterfalls.